Person who has diagnosed with Depression
I’m Aoife. I’m 20. I’ve lived with depression for most of my life, ever since I was a kid. I never used to understand the thoughts and feelings that I had. In my teenage years, I started to develop feelings of low self-esteem and confidence that affected my everyday actions and thoughts. I never talked to anyone about what I was going through – ever. I just hid my thoughts and feelings and thought I could deal with it that way. That was such a mistake. People thought I was a cool kid nothing was wrong but it was so hard to be in a class with 30 people and me feeling crap, most the days I couldn’t come into the class anymore because it was hard to talk to the friends who felt like there was nothing wrong with them. Some days I would go to the bathroom meet few other girls and hang out there and be able to just talk for ages the differences the friends who were in my class were snobs and bitches and I would never forget I would of took my own life all those times. People who have depression will go away but the people who are going true it over 2 years might have it more.
Mental health is part of me it usually includes my Emotional, Psychological and my social well- being. I never thought I would have this but when I realize I did I obvious had no choice to look after it and dealt with. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and through adulthood. Over the day anyone life , if you experience mental health problems , you thinking mood and behaviour could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems include:
• Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
• Family history of mental health problems
Mental health problems are common but help is available. People with mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.
Early Warning Signs
Not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems? Experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviours can be an early warning sign of a problem:
• Eating or sleeping too much or too little
• Pulling away from people and usual activities
• Having low or no energy
• Feeling numb or like nothing matters
• Having unexplained aches and pains
• Feeling helpless or hopeless
• Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
Mental Health and Wellness
Positive mental health allows people to:
Realize their full potential
Cope with the stresses of lifework productively
Make meaningful contributions to their communities
Ways to maintain positive mental health include:
Getting professional help if you need it
Connecting with others
Signs of depression
When someone is depressed they can experience a range of things including:
• Changes in sleeping and eating patterns
• High use of alcohol or drugs
• Losing their temper
• Headaches or stomach aches
• Feeling empty
• Feeling anxious
There was a time I felt depressed?
Feeling of depression can be a completely normal reaction to my events in my life, like sudden negative changes in personal circumstances or an experience of violence.
Depression can develop over my time possible when negative experiences haven’t been resolved in positive ways , like talking to someone.
Ones I felt low at some point and I struggled to cope it may be difficult in your situation but talking about how your feeling can help put things into perspective and help you to feel more positive about the future.
Help with depression
Its both normal and common to have feelings of depression. those feelings can often be resolved with a little help from friends or family.
However, if feelings of depression persist over a couple of weeks its worth looking at the range of ways to get support – both by changing our behaviour and engaging formal help.
Eating well and being active – even though you might not feel like it , exercising and eating well can help when your feeling down. Biological factors , as well as social factors, influence how you feel and think about yourself.
Writing down your feelings – this can be a great way of understanding your emotions , their triggers and a specific situation. it can also help you think about alternative solutions to problems.
Taking time out- its a good idea to try and take a but of each day to do something you enjoy. when your feeling down it can be hard to motivate yourself but try to make a list of things you enjoy. plan to do one of them each day.
Going easy on drugs and alcohol- This can be easier said than done but the feeling is usually temporary and the after effects often make the problem worse.
In a Crisis
People experiencing depression can sometimes have suicidal thoughts. if you feel like this its important you seek help.
if you feel your in danger of hurting yourself or someone else, you can call 999( or 112 if your outside Ireland ) or go straight to your local accident and emergency department where they’ll be able to help you.
Many people have problems where they don’t want anything to happen to them again, I have friends who are suicidal thoughts and cant do anything about it just to put their self- first.
There are many different management and treatment options for depression. Try to remember that overcoming depression will take time and you need to stay strong through some of the tougher days. remember overcoming it is achievable.
This is a time where you are intense in a difficulty or danger time of your life that you cant help but got to make an important decision must be made if you feel like this don’t worry you be okay and don’t mind what people say to you.